Road to Wembley starts in Dewsbury for Cup holders
Holders Wigan Warriors will begin their defence of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup with a trip to Dewsbury Rams after being paired with the Championship club in the fourth round draw.
Wigan won Rugby League’s most coveted trophy with a 16-0 victory over Hull FC at Wembley Stadium in front of 78,137 fans last August.
Hull will look to put that disappointment behind them with a home tie against Salford Red Devils, one of five all-Super League fixtures thrown up by a draw staged at the home of BBC Sport, MediaCityUK earlier today (Tuesday March 18).
The other plum ties are Huddersfield Giants v St Helens in what is a repeat of the 2006 Challenge Cup final; the West Yorkshire derby between Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Leeds Rhinos; Hull Kingston Rovers v Warrington Wolves; and Catalan Dragons v London Broncos.
The home teams were drawn by the Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Billy Rotherham, and the away teams by David Barker, the Sales Director of sponsors Tetley’s, and was hosted by George Riley of BBC Radio 5 Live.
The draw was broadcast live on 5 Live Extra, Radio Manchester, Radio Leeds and Radio Humberside.
The draw in full is as follows:
Huddersfield Giants v St Helens
Dewsbury Rams v Wigan Warriors
Wakefield Wildcats v Leeds Rhinos
Rochdale Hornets v Leigh Centurions
Batley Bulldogs v Castleford Tigers
Doncaster v Hemel Stags
Keighley Cougars v Barrow Raiders
Featherstone Rovers v North Wales Crusaders
Hull KR v Warrington Wolves
Hull FC v Salford Red Devils
Bradford Bulls v Oldham
Hunslet Hawks v Workington Town
Catalans Dragons v London Broncos
Halifax v Widnes Vikings
Sheffield Eagles v London Skolars
Swinton Lions v York City Knights
All ties will be played over the weekend of April 4-6. One tie will be screened live on BBC TV on Sunday April 6 at 2.15pm – an announcement on which tie has been selected for broadcast will be made on Wednesday (March 19) morning.
Tickets for the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23 cost from as little as £22 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.